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Dive-bombing birds attacking heads of Florida retirees

With a golf umbrella providing cover, Timber Pines neighbors George Nott, left, and Al Hoelzer look over documents and photos they've compiled documenting the hawk problem on their street.
With a golf umbrella providing cover, Timber Pines neighbors George Nott, left, and Al Hoelzer look over documents and photos they've compiled documenting the hawk problem on their street. Tampa Bay Times

Red-shouldered hawks are attacking the heads of senior citizens at a Florida retirement community. And some seniors are wearing pith helmets and carrying umbrellas to escape the sharp talons.

The neighbors first felt the scrapes to their scalps last spring, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Apparently, the natural surroundings of Hernando County — with waterways and wildlife — attract both birds and retirees. They co-existed peacefully at first in the Spring Hill neighborhood, but then the birds started dive-bombing, according to the report.

Now the hawks, with a wingspan of about four feet, are drawing blood and sending the scared seniors to the doctor for tetanus shots.

"Somebody is going to get hit and die," neighbor George Nott told the Times. "I don't want to go to a funeral because of a bird."

Go to tampabay.com for the full story.

A red-shouldered hawk was released today, following several months recovery after being found with a broken wing, stuck in a truck's grill area. The Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center at the old Frost Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave, Miami FL

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